VIDEO: American Bridge Launches New Ad Featuring Satirical Text Exchange Between Corey Stewart And “Establishment” Ed

Today, American Bridge launched a new digital ad campaign showcasing Ed Gillespie desperate attempts to court his immigrant-demonizing, Confederate-flag-praising primary opponent Corey Stewart. The ad imagines a text exchange between Gillespie and Stewart about a potential endorsement, based off of a recent report by The Washington Post.

Stewart has so far declined to officially endorse Gillespie. During the primary, Stewart nearly toppled Gillespie while railing against him for being a “shady lobbyist,” a “liar,” and “establishment weak-kneed, weak-chinned, weak-jawed Republican.” Since the primary, Gillespie has embraced Stewart and Trump’s immigrant-bashing, race-baiting campaign tactics, and begun courtingStewart with the help of Donald Trump henchman Steve Bannon.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following comment:

“Ed Gillespie is desperately pandering to neo-confederate Corey Stewart, showing once and for all that he’ll sell out anyone or anything — Virginians, his own dignity — to get ahead. […]

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After Pence Touts Gillespie’s Loyalty to Trump, Gillespie Claims He Doesn’t Know Trump

Someone should tell Ed Gillespie that he isn’t fooling anyone. In an interview with The New York Times, Gillespie claimed he didn’t know Donald Trump and therefore could not attest to his ethics, a line that no one in their right mind should believe, especially considering the events of this weekend. Just days ago Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Gillespie, during which time Pence touted Gillespie’s loyalty to the Republican Party and to the Trump-Pence team.

At that event, Pence also said that “Trump is going to be working tirelessly with Ed Gillespie to pave the way for health care reform.” That same reform would undoubtedly rip away access to health care for thousands of Virginians and take away protections that ensure women don’t pay more than men for their health care.

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Ed Gillespie’s support for bigotry on full display this afternoon in NOVA

This afternoon the same Ed Gillespie who has been accused of “stoking racial fears” by launching “super-racist, anti-immigrant” attack ads plans to attend a Dulles-area Muslim society meeting, a move that will put his previous support for bigotry on full display.

This year, Gillespie has refused to criticize Trump’s Muslim Ban, tacitly approving an effort that was effectively “government-sanctioned discrimination” of Muslims. And just days before his primary, Gillespie refused to denounce an anti-Muslim activist who touted the need to preserve Judeo-Christian culture. The group he worked for was labeled an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Virginia voters won’t be deceived by Ed Gillespie – he has stood by Trump at every turn and has approved of his racist Muslim ban and divisive and disgusting […]

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Ed Gillespie: “Lifestyles of the Rich and Political”

In advance of the final Virginia gubernatorial debate before the election, American Bridge released a flyer highlighting Ed Gillespie’s tax plan, under which he’d get a huge tax break – up to $20,000. The flyer will be promoted across social media channels.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie’s tax plan illustrates exactly where his priorities lie. Instead of helping Virginia’s working families, Gillespie would give himself a tax break of $20,000 a year to support his lavish lifestyle. Virginians deserve a governor with a record of service – not a DC lobbyist like Ed Gillespie who is only out for himself.”

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Trump-Gillespie Mind Meld: Stripping Access To Birth Control

Last night, Trump made his support for Ed Gillespie official. But we already knew they shared the same backward and divisive agenda. Today, President Trump ended the birth control mandate in Obamacare, a move Gillespie suggested back in 2012.

In 2012, Conscious Cause was formed as an effort to rescind or revise the birth control mandate, described by Republican Strategist Mary Matalin as Ed Gillespie’s “brain child.”

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Make no mistake: Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie have reached complete mind meld – they both want to take away women’s access to birth control. Virginia women deserve to make their own health care choices–without comment from Donald Trump or Ed Gillespie.”

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More on The Trump-Gillespie Mutual Admiration Society

Thursday night, Donald Trump upended the Virginia gubernatorial race by endorsing Ed Gillespie and his race-baiting campaign. Trump’s racist rhetoric is always shocking, but the fact that he’s all in for Ed Gillespie is no surprise. Gillespie’s spent his whole life rigging the system for rich guys like Donald Trump, and in this race he’s fully embraced Trump’s outright racism.

Gillespie is all in on Donald Trump’s race to the racist bottom.

American Bridge has been documenting the Trump-Gillespie mutual admiration society for months. Here’s the backstory:

In recent weeks, Gillespie has abandoned his pledge to be ‘a voice for all Virginians’ and made it clear he’d only be a voice for Trump. He’s hired Trump’s former campaign staff, said he wants Trump’s help in the race, and bragged about his relationship with the Trump White House. Watch our video to see for yourself.
After racist violence in Charlottesville, Gillespie failed to stand […]

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A Day in the Life of Ed Gillespie

PART 1: Host near empty event after using a lottery system to keep opponents out

PART 2: Don’t answer questions from voters

Mom in Richmond asks Gillespie about his NRA Scorecard, “You would have answered yes to every question to earn an A.” When faced with the important question, Ed Gillespie doesn’t address the issue – at all.

PART 3: Hope no one notices overtly racist ads

*cough* courting Corey Stewart voters *cough*

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American Bridge Releases New Gillespie Video: A Voice For Donald Trump

Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial debate, American Bridge released a new video highlighting the many ways Ed Gillespie has made clear he will be a voice for Donald Trump, not Virginians.

The video is the latest installment in American Bridge’s campaign showcasing Gillespie as Trump’s favorite swamp creature. More background can be found at

Lizzy Price, American Bridge spokesperson, made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie cannot claim to be a voice for all Virginians while parroting Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and backward policies. Virginians need a governor who will stand up to Trump, but Gillespie will only be his puppet.”

[Watch here]

Narrator script: “Ed Gillespie said he’d be a voice for all Virginians, but it’s clear the only voice Ed Gillespie’s representing is Donald Trump’s. Gillespie even talks like Trump. He actually hired Trump’s former staff. And Gillespie is even […]

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Tales From The Swamp: Gillespie Lobbied for Company that Polluted VA Waterways

Today, Ed Gillespie participated in a “Clean Water” forum in a feeble attempt to cover up his own record working for a company that lobbied on waste regulation and was fined thousands for major environmental violations in Virginia and elsewhere. In 2005 and 2006 the Virginia Environmental Quality fined Tyson tens of thousands for water violations along Virginia’s Eastern Shore and in Henrico County for illegal wastewater seeping into a local stream and for causing two fish kills in the Chickahominy River.

Learn more about Ed the Swamp Creature at

Lizzy Price, American Bridge spokesperson, made the following statement:
“Ed Gillespie will say anything to further his own political career, including greenwashing his own lobbying record. The truth is that Gillespie is the ultimate Swamp Creature – he made millions at the expense of Virginians and the health of Virginia’s waterways – […]

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MEMO: Gillespie, Trump, and Stewart: Three Divisive Peas in a Pod

MEMO: Gillespie, Trump, and Stewart: Three Divisive Peas in a Pod

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Jessica Mackler, American Bridge President

DATE: August 23, 2017

Ed Gillespie’s campaign slogan may be “For All Virginians,” but it is clear that his campaign is anything but. While the entire country is reeling from Donald Trump’s recent defense of white supremacists, it’s important to take a closer look at politicians – like Gillespie – who refuse to stand up against Trump. Although Gillespie has been accused of both hiding from and sucking up to the Trump administration, the truth is that his language is strikingly similar to the rhetoric of both Corey Stewart, who nearly toppled him in the primary, and Donald Trump.

Take for example, last week’s terrible events in Charlottesville. While Donald Trump continues to be blasted for blaming the violence during the “Unite the Right” rally on two sides, Ed Gillespie echoed Trump’s […]

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